Core Water Quality Citizen Scientist Training
Core Water Quality Citizen Scientist Training: Phase I, II, & III
Core monitoring involves performing tests for parameters such as water temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, water clarity, and total depth. Monitors conduct various field observations as well. Trainings are conducted in three phases.
Phase I of the training is a hands-on instructional session covering monitoring methods in a classroom setting. The certified trainer explains how to handle the monitoring equipment and demonstrates the tests. The trainees then perform the tests under the close supervision of the trainer. Adherence to safety and quality control procedures is emphasized. This phase of training takes approximately three hours.
Phase II training provides the trainees with the opportunity to conduct the monitoring procedures in the field. Safety and quality assurance considerations in monitoring and site selection are emphasized. Whenever possible, the water body used for Phase II testing will be similar to the sites the volunteers will eventually monitor. The volunteers conduct the tests with limited assistance of the trainer. The trainer carefully observes the trainees' procedures, answers any questions, and corrects obvious mistakes. Phase II training takes approximately two hours.
In Phase III training the trainee(s) conduct the tests and completes the monitoring form with little guidance from the Trainer. This session usually takes approximately two hours. When the trainer believes each trainee has successfully completed the three training phases and the training packet is completed and signed, the trainee is then considered a certified Texas Stream Team Core Water Quality Citizen Scientist.